National and European Champions beat SCU Torreense 5-4
Sporting Clube de Portugal’s main futsal team presented itself to the Partners with a 5-4 victory over SCU Torreense, this Tuesday, in the individuality of the Stromp Trophy.
On the return of the Lions to the João Rocha Pavilion, with a large audience present in the stands, the training levels were the first to enter the court, to loud applause, then giving way to the constitution of the green and white squad that will face the 2021/2022 season .
In addition to the reinforcements Waltinho, Caio Ruiz and Miguel Ângelo, a Leonina group presents itself in the sports house with several young people from the training who have been leaving their mark in this pre-season and have already deserved wide praise from the technical team.
Before the start of the match, fans also had the opportunity to see up close the trophies of the 2019/2020 Portugal Cup, 2020/2021 League and 2020/2021 UEFA Futsal Champions League, which were handed over to the Museum to be transferred in exposure.
Captain João Matos then addressed the Sportinguistas and revealed that “the team already misses being at home a lot”, as does coach Nuno Dias, who highlighted the “eight medals in the World Championship” and promised “work, dedication and a lot of commitment”.
With Gonçalo Portugal, Diego Cavinato, Pedro Santos, Caio Ruiz and Alex Merlim in the first five, the Lions started from above, with approaches to goal and a clear advantage in the ball possession, but SCU Torreense, first promoted to the top national division, arguments presented.
With the start of the rotation on the green and white bench, the goals were finally set. The first two were from Tomás Paçó, who scored twice after two excellent assists by Zicky Té and Cardinal, followed by a 3-0 by Pany Varela. Moments later, through a corner, Alex Merlin served Cavinato, who made the room. In response, the formation of Torres Vedras decreased to 4-2.
Despite enormous pressure from the home team at the start of the second half, the visitors were eventually reduced after a quick counterattack. Cavinato still fought back with 5-3, but a few seconds later the opponent once again reestablished the minimum margin. Alvalade’s team still tried in every way and shape one more goal, but the ex-Leão Cristiano goalkeeper assumed himself as a great protagonist by saving his team several times.
The Lions are back in action on Sunday, October 10, against GCR Nun’Álvares, in the game that will mark the start of the defense of the National Champion title.
Sporting CP: Gonçalo Portugal [GR], Diego Cavinato, Pedro Santos, Caio Ruiz and Alex Merlim; Bruno Maior, Tomás Paçó, Zicky Té, Cardinal, Erick, João Matos [C], Pauleta, Waltinho, Tiago Macedo, Guitta [GR], Bernardo Paço [GR], Pany Varela, Miguel Ângelo and Tiago Santos.